Graduate Course Listings

Foundation

Advanced research

Interpersonal practice concentration

Policy, planning and administration concentration

Advanced standing

Electives

SWRK 5980: Readings in Social Work (1-4 credit hours)

Independent study offers advanced students with good scholastic records an independent program to study, arranged in consultation with the instructor.

Prerequisite: Open to senior undergraduate and graduate students with consent of instructor.

SWRK 6100: Foundations of Social Welfare Policy (3 credit hours)

This is the first course in the graduate program offered in the social welfare policy sequence of courses. Its general purpose is to introduce the subject area of social welfare policy as a central concern of social work. The goals of the course are to identify evolving social-cultural and economic bases of social welfare in America, to gain understanding of the substance of particular social policy areas, and to learn to approach the study of social welfare policy within the context of analytic frameworks. While SWRK 6100 places primary focus on the content of social welfare policy, other policy courses focus on specific subject areas or on development of policy practice skills.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6200: Social Services in the Schools (3 credit hours)

This course examines the role of the social worker in elementary and secondary schools and the necessary adaptations in the changes taking place in the educational scene are examined and evaluated. Problem-solving approaches are given special attention within the structure and organization of the schools and their relationships with the surrounding community. The specific contributions of a school social worker as a helping person to the pupils, the school staff, and the homes by various interventive means are explored.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6230: Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (2 credit hours)

This course addresses knowledge, skills, and attitudes in building leadership for developing, supporting, and maintaining effective service delivery in nonprofit organizations. The course focuses on such topics as leadership styles, power, motivation and conflict, task-group skills, supervision, women and other minorities in management, and ethics and values in leading nonprofit organizations.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6270: Planning in Nonprofit Organizations (2 credit hours)

This course focuses on planning program changes and new programs in nonprofit organizations. Program planning is viewed as a creative, dynamic process carried out by a team. The stages and tasks of program planning are studied from analytical, technical, and interactional perspectives.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6300: Social Change and Community Analysis (3 credit hours)

Social workers have a responsibility to promote social justice and to strive to abolish injustice. This course identifies and explores historical, theoretical, and ideological perspectives on social change issues. Social change is studied by analyzing the community at the local, national, and international level and by exploring strategies for change at each level. Emphasis is placed on racism, sexism, classism, and on social movements to alleviate these problems.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6310: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credit hours)

This course provides students with a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding human behavior as influenced by the social environment across the lifespan. Human development and behavior are approached as part of historical and contemporary socio-cultural processes acting interdependently with psychology, biology, economics, geography, and politics. Diversity issues such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and social class are taken into consideration as critical elements in these processes and their interrelationships. The role of social welfare policy issues relevant to this course is also explored.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6320: Organizations, Communities, and Societies: A Change Perspective (3 credit hours)

This course reviews frameworks for analyzing organizations, communities, and societies, as a means of preparing students to engage in planned change. Students learn strategies and tactics to influence change in organizational, communal, and societal structures and processes. The course explores historical, theoretical, and ideological perspectives on change.

Prerequisite: Admission to the advanced-standing M.S.W. program.

SWRK 6330: Advanced Seminar in Culture, Ethnicity, and Institutional Inequality in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

This course explores the social, psychological, and structural implications of race and culture for social work practice. In order to relate more effectively to individuals and groups of different ethnic, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds, it is essential to: (a) gain knowledge about those differences, (b) understand our individual and collective reactions to those differences, and (c) discover ways in which those differences can be bridged within the context of social work practice.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6360: Social Work Practice with Groups (3 credit hours)

The focus of this seminar is on theory and practice of social group work in clinical settings. Consideration is given to such issues as group dynamics, therapeutic factors, leadership, composition, direct and indirect intervention, and use of group activities under various conditions and in different settings.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6620

SWRK 6380: Psychopathology for Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

This course provides students with knowledge of psychopathology as an aspect of human functioning and cultural labeling. Primary focus is on the interaction between physiological, developmental, emotional, and social aspects of adult and child psychopathology from both descriptive and psychodynamic points of view. General implications for social work intervention, ethical and value issues, and relevant research receive consideration. Emphasis of course sections may be adults, children, or adolescents.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6310 or consent of instructor.

SWRK 6400: Research and Evaluation Methods in Social Work (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to increase student knowledge of research and evaluation as a tool for social work practice. Students will acquire the basic skills and knowledge to utilize existing social research and evaluation for practice-related decision-making as well as the capacity to carry out systematic methods of inquiry in practice. Basic statistical methods are also covered.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6420: Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skill to understand and carry out research on social work practice. The components of the course consist of program evaluation, designs appropriate for the evaluation of clinical practice, and studies of empirical research that address the features and effectiveness of interventions in relation to the conditions that are targeted for amelioration. This course is designed to help practitioners make informed judgments about the utility of different treatment modalities and their import for service delivery design.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6400.

SWRK 6430: Leadership and Management in Human Services (3 credit hours)

This course addresses knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in building leadership for developing, supporting, and maintaining effective service delivery in human service agencies. The course focuses on leadership styles, power, motivation and conflict; task-group skills; supervision; women and minorities in management; and values and ethics in leading human service organizations.

Prerequisites: Admission to the M.S.W. program or consent of the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6450: Administration in Human Service Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to elements of administration in human service organizations. It focuses on project management, budgeting, fund development and marketing, and the role of governing boards in nonprofit organizations.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6720 or consent of instructor and the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6530: Causes of Substance Abuse

This course will examine the three major theories that explain the causes of psychoactive substance use: the biological, psychological, and sociological. The historical responses of society to substance use such as strategies including control, prevention, intervention, and treatment will be outlined and the research of various epidemiologic patterns and social correlates of substance use will also be studied.  This course is a requirement for the Specialty Programs in Alcohol and Drug Abuse graduate certificate and is cross-listed with ADA 6060 or CECP 6340.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6550: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

This course will examine the understanding that recovery from substance abuse and dependency is a process of change which occurs within a systemic model of care that includes prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of substance use disorders.  Students will have exposure to various substance abuse screening and assessment instruments, counseling strategies, and treatment modalities in order to assess, treat, and refer to the appropriate service providers along the continuum of care.  This course is a requirement for the SPADA Graduate Certificate and is cross-listed with ADA 6340 or CECP 6360.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6600: Seminar in Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (3 credit hours)

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding, analyzing, and implementing social work practice with individuals, families, and groups from various theoretical perspectives within a "systems" frame of reference. The ultimate goal is for students to initiate the development of a practice model that is logically sound, consistent with their convictions and style, and congruent with professional social work values. This course also focuses on the concrete relationship building and maintenance skills knowledge necessary for working with diverse human systems. Such diversity should include gender, race, religion, sexual orientations, age, physical capabilities, socio-economic status, and political orientations.

Prerequisite: Admission to the advanced-standing M.S.W. program.

SWRK 6610: Social Work Practice: Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on foundation level knowledge and skills necessary to help individuals and families. These include engagement, assessment, contracting, problem-solving, and evaluation with attention to social work values, theoretical knowledge, and practice conditions. Problem solving in a bio-psycho-social framework and facilitation of client coping, competency, and empowerment undergird this course. SWRK 6610 is taken prior to or concurrent with SWRK 6710, Field Education in Social Work Practice I, to facilitate interaction between field and classroom learning.

Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S.W. program.

SWRK 6620: Social Work Practice: Groups and Organizations (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on knowledge and skills related to social work practice with groups and organizations. Attention is paid to interpersonal, intrapersonal, and organizational levels of intervention. Practice skills in working with groups and organizations are developed.

Prerequisites: Admission to the M.S.W. program and SWRK 6610.

SWRK 6630: Seminar in Substance Abuse I (3 credit hours)

An interdisciplinary seminar designed to reflect broadly conceived intervention strategies ranging from primary prevention to rehabilitation of the addict. Basic training in principles of intervention and clinical practice will be taught within the student's basic professional discipline. The seminar will elaborate upon application of these principles to problems of substance abuse. Course is cross-listed with ADA 6310 and CECP 6310.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6640: Social Work Practice in Special Areas (3 credit hours)

Studies problem solving in specialized areas of social work practice. Focus is on the role of the social work practitioner in assessment, goal establishment, and intervention in use of various social work methods in different arenas of practice. Specific topics will be announced. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours.

Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

SWRK 6650 Seminar in Substance Abuse II (3 credit hours)

This course is a continuation of SWRK 6630, and is cross-listed with ADA 6320 and CECP 6320.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6630.

SWRK 6660: Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 credit hours)

This course will introduce the student to social work practice with individuals. Social, psychological, economic, and biological stressors are considered as they impact on the individual's efforts to grow and survive. The ego developmental and crisis intervention approaches are the major orientations presented, augmented by concepts from cognitive theory. Particular attention will be paid to client's coping capacities.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6610

SWRK 6670: Program Planning (3 credit hours)

This course addresses the models, stages, and tasks of program planning in the human services. Students will learn how to work with a team in planning a service program. The course focuses on the tasks that are essential in carrying out a problem analysis and needs assessment, formulating program goals and objectives, designing service programs, and writing program proposals.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in SWRK 6770 or consent of instructor and the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6680: Social Work Practice with Families (3 credit hours)

This course provides students with knowledge and skills in clinical social work practice with families. Family systems theory and principles, and techniques of structural family theory are the central foci of the course. Concepts from communications theory and related interventions are also covered. Aspects of human diversity are discussed in relation to their impact on family functioning.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6610.

SWRK 6690: Advanced Seminar in Planning and Administration (3 credit hours)

This course addresses the recruitment, selection, development, supervision, and evaluation of program staff. Selected aspects of personnel law, affirmative action, and sexual harassment are examined. Students have opportunities to develop skill in the analysis and management of critical incidents in staff relationships. SWRK 6690 is also used as the structure for assisting students in writing a program proposal that builds on content learned in policy, planning, and administration concentration courses and in the practicum.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6670 or consent of instructor and the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6700: Seminar in Social Policy Practice (3 credit hours)

This course is an integrative seminar in the policy, planning, and administration concentration that focuses on skills needed for participation in the development and implementation of social welfare policy in program planning and executive positions in human services environment. This course also focuses on technical and interactive aspects of practice, theoretical and ethical frameworks, and skills in the application of selected techiques of social welfare policy practice.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6100 or consent of instructor and the School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6710: Field Education and Social Work Practice I (3 credit hours)

This is the first of two field practice courses that entails 200 hours in a human service agency. Students apply knowledge and develop skills in conducting interviews, problem identification, data collection, problem assessment, and goal formulation with client systems in the context of social work values. Students integrate self-awareness and appreciation of diversity into professional practice. Students develop a working knowledge of the agency's functions, structure, processes, and its service provider role within the community. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: SWRK 6610. 

SWRK 6720: Field Education and Social Work Practice II (3 credit hours)

This is the second of two field practice courses that entails 228 hours in a human service agency. Students further integrate and apply social work knowledge, skills, and values in their field practicum, including the problem-solving process, interviewing, use of self, and understanding of diversity. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6610 and SWRK 6710.

SWRK 6750: Field Education in Advanced-Standing Program Social Work Practice (3 credits). This is a co-enrollment class.

This beginning semester of field education provides advanced-standing students with an orientation to the field agency, review of interpersonal communication skills, and time to prepare for advanced learning opportunities provided in the concentration field placement.

Prerequisite: Admission to the advanced-standing M.S.W. program.

SWRK 6760: Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3 credit hours)

This field placement will be in an agency unit offering direct service experiences with some combination of individuals, families, groups, and additional experiences consistent with the student's learning needs. Campus or field-based seminars may supplement field experiences. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisite: SWRK 6720.

SWRK 6770: Field Education in Social Policy, Planning, and Administration (3 credit hours)

Field Education in Social Policy, Planning, and Administration concentration is intended to provide students with opportunities to develop and exercise practice skills for designing, maintaining, and changing social systems. Field placements in social welfare organizations and special programs are arranged in accordance with student interests and abilities. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6720 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 6670.

SWRK 6780: Advanced Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3 credit hours)

This is a continuation of SWRK 6760. Students remain in field placement; direct service experiences and other activities continue. Campus or field-based seminars may supplement the field experience. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6760.

SWRK 6790: Advanced Field Education in Social Policy, Planning, and Administration (3 credit hours)

The advanced field education experience for students concentrating in social policy, planning, and administration builds on the work which the student began in SWRK 6770 during the fall semester. Students remain in the same field work setting and work under the direction of the same field instructor. During the spring semester, the emphasis will be upon the development of skills in the implementation of change and administration activities. It is expected that students will be assigned increased responsibilities in accordance with their professional growth. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6770 and concurrent enrollment in SWRK 6690.

SWRK 6860: Applied Social Work Research (6 credit hours)

This course involves working as a member of a faculty-led research team. Students will be involved in the conceptualization of a research problem, the design of methodology, the collection and analysis of data, and the development of a report of the findings. This course is offered occasionally dependent on the existence of an appropriate research project. SWRK 6860 replaces SWRK 6420 in the student's plan of study. Graded on a credit or no credit basis.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6400.

SWRK 6910: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 credit hours)

This course provides students in interpersonal practice with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and application of advanced clinical social work practice theory to work with at-risk individuals. Special attention is paid to interventions, which promote optimal psychosocial functioning and development. Course builds on SWRK 6660 and SWRK 6380, and meets the requirement for an advanced practice course in interpersonal practice.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6380 and SWRK 6660 or consent of instructor and School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6920: Advanced Social Work Practice with Children (3 credit hours)

This course provides students in interpersonal practice with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of advanced clinical social work practice with children and their families in a variety of practice settings, e.g., child guidance, mental health, child welfare, school, corrections, and medical settings. This course builds on content of SWRK 6380, 6660, and 6680 and meets the requirement for an advanced practice course in interpersonal practice.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6380, SWRK 6660, and SWRK 6680 or consent of instructor and School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6960: Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3 credit hours)

This course provides students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of advanced clinical social work with families. Building on SWRK 6680, it provides theoretical content on structural/strategic family therapy and may provide additional consideration of other perspectives such as communications and intergenerational approaches. Application of theoretical content is made to practice with families often encountered in social work practice, and seen as being at risk for problems in social and emotional functioning. The course builds on the content of SWRK 6680 and meets the requirements for an advanced practice course in interpersonal practice.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6380 and SWRK 6680 or consent of instructor and School of Social Work director of admissions.

SWRK 6970: Advanced Social Work Practice in Selected Areas (3 credit hours)

This variable topics course provides students an in-depth study of advanced interpersonal practice methods, models, and skills outside the scope of present course offerings. Topics vary from year-to-year, dependent upon student interest and timeliness of topic. The course is designed to meet the requirements for an advanced practice course in interpersonal practice.

Prerequisites: SWRK 6660 and current enrollment in SWRK 6360 or SWRK 6680, or consent of instructor and School of Social Work director of admissions.